Iran unveils latest version of ballistic missile amid wider tensions over nuclear programme

TEHRAN: Iran unveiled on Thursday what it dubbed the newest iteration of its liquid-fuelled Khorramshahr ballistic missile amid wider tensions with the West over its nuclear programme.
Authorities confirmed off the Khorramshahr-4 to journalists at an occasion in Tehran, with the missile on a truck-mounted launcher.
Defence minister basic Mohammad Reza Ashtiani stated the missile may very well be ready for launch in a brief interval.
Iranian officers described the missile as having a 2,000-kilometre (1,240-mile) vary with a 1,500-kilogram (3,300-pound) warhead. In addition they launched undated video footage purportedly displaying a profitable launch of the missile.
The Khorramshahr-4 is called after an Iranian metropolis that was the scene of heavy preventing in the course of the Iran-Iraq Battle within the Nineteen Eighties.
The missile additionally known as Kheibar, after a Jewish fortress conquered by the Muslims within the seventh century — in what’s now Saudi Arabia.
Regional tensions probably performed a task in Iran’s missile show on Thursday. A miniature instance of Jerusalem’s golden Dome of the Rock on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a holy website in each Islam and Judaism that Jews name the Temple Mount, stood subsequent to the cellular launcher.
Iran views Israel as its archenemy and arming anti-Israeli militant teams within the Palestinian territories and surrounding international locations.
Tensions between the 2 nations are excessive, significantly as Iran enriches uranium nearer than ever to weapons-grade ranges. The Khorramshahr would be capable to attain Israel.
It stays unclear, nonetheless, why the missile has been referred to as Khorramshahr-4 as solely two different variants of the missile are publicly identified. It’s modeled after North Korea’s Musudan ballistic missile.

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